Ulster Grand Prix hoping Irwin can help market the race

Members of Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club are recognised at a reception hosted by Lisburn City Council for all their hard work and dedication in ensuring the Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week is an annual success.  The Club was acknowledged by Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services Committee and the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Andrew Ewing.
Members of Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club are recognised at a reception hosted by Lisburn City Council for all their hard work and dedication in ensuring the Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week is an annual success. The Club was acknowledged by Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services Committee and the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Andrew Ewing.

The Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix are hoping they can boost the race by sponsoring British Supersport racer Glenn Irwin for the 2105 season.

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix said: “Glenn is one of our brightest young racers and a great ambassador for our sport. We are proud to offer him our support this year.

“Sponsoring him offers us a great platform to promote the Ulster Grand Prix in BSB, one of the most popular and competitive championships in the world, and if he can remain consistent I’m sure he’ll enjoy another great season.”

Irwin was equally as excited at the partnership looking ahead to what is a big year in his career.

“For me personally, having the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix come on board to sponsor me has been a massive boost,” he said.

“It’s the world’s fastest road race and having such great local support shows how just many people believe in me.

“Together we can help promote UGP Bike Week and hopefully we can attract even more fans because it’s such a fantastic event. I loved it last year and I genuinely can’t wait to get back out on the roads again, nothing compares to the feeling.”

Irwin, tipped as one of the favourites to lift this year’s Supersport championship, made his road-racing debut at the 2014 Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, and hopes to compete again in 2015 alongside a title challenge on the short circuits.

The Gearlink Kawasaki rider recorded five wins on his way to fourth place overall in BBS in 2014, including a standout performance in the rain at Cadwell Park, and is already looking forward to getting back out on both the track and the roads.

Irwin said: “Throughout last year we were constantly improving and I felt stronger and stronger with every meeting, so hopefully we can take that positive mindset forward into this season.

“I’m pushing hard in the gym and even though there’s a lot of talk about the championship I don’t feel under any more pressure, if anything I think it gives me a little bit more motivation.

“As always the team has been working really hard in the off season. We’ve got a good package and some fantastic sponsorship, so it’s great to be in such a strong position heading into round one.

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